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How do I make or join a video call with Skype for iPad?

With Skype for iPad, you can make video calls to individuals or groups, anywhere in the world for free*.


Have you downloaded Skype and joined us? To enjoy one-to-one, or group video calling on your iPad, always make sure you're using the latest version of Skype and you meet the necessary requirements.

You will also need to find your friends on Skype and add them to your contact list. When you've added your friends, it's really easy to video call them.

To make a one-to-one video call:

  1. Sign into Skype.
  2. Use the Search function to find the contact you want to call. Alternatively, click on the Contacts tab to pick from your contacts or Recent tab to scroll through your conversations to find the most recent one with that person.
  3. From the Recent or Contacts tab, swipe right on the contact you’d like to call, then tap the video call icon. 

    You can also start a video call from the conversation window by tapping the video call icon at the top right of the screen.

If you’re on a Skype-to-Skype voice call, you can turn the video on at any time. Simply tap the camera icon The camera icon. during a call to start sending video.

To join a video call, simply tap the video icon on the incoming call.

What can I do during a one-to-one video call?

  • Tap The instant message icon. in the top-right of the screen or swipe left in the call to view and send your instant messages.
  • Swipe right to bring up the Recent list.
  • Tap The camera icon. to turn your video on or off.
  • Tap  to switch between the front and back cameras.
  • Tap The microphone icon. to turn your microphone on or off.
  • Tap  to add participants to your call.
  • Tap The speakerphone icon. to turn the speakerphone on or off, or switch to a headset. If your Bluetooth isn’t set up yet, just go to your iPad’s menu and tap Settings > Bluetooth, then set Bluetooth to On. Wait for your iPad to discover the Bluetooth headset, then tap it to pair the devices.
  • Tap  at the top-left of the screen to navigate away from the video call screen (the call will stay active until you end the call).
  • Tap the red active call banner at the top of your screen to go back to the call.
  • Tap The end call icon. to end a call.

To make a call, you'll need to either create a group if you haven't already, select an existing one from your Recent tab or you can add people to your current one-to-one call. Tap the video call button The camera icon. to call the group or swipe right from the Recent tab and select the video call button. Once everyone has connected to the call, you're all set.

To join a video call, simply tap the video icon on the incoming call.

What can I do during a group video call?

  • Tap  to switch to a grid view format
  • Tap the group header to open additional menu options
  • Tap The camera icon. to switch between the front and back cameras
  • Tap  at the top-right of the screen or swipe left in the call to view and send your instant messages.

Focus view 

Grid view

In the focus view, the active speaker is automatically visible in full screen:

However, you can change who appears in full screen by tapping the specific participant in the video ribbon and pin or unpin them in full screen. Scroll right in the video ribbon to view all the participants.

We're continuing to improve the experience to enable as many video streams as possible.
Tap the group header

where you can:

  • See who is on the call
  • Remove someone from the call by selecting the red phone icon
  • Add people from the group who aren't on the call by selecting the green phone icon
  • Add participants

Tap anywhere on the screen for additional menu options:

  • Turn video on or off
  • Mute
  • Add participants
  • End the call

You can have group calls with up to 25 people (24 plus yourself). Depending on the iPad you're using, up to 6 video streams (5 plus yourself) will be visible at once, the rest will be audio only. Learn more.

You can receive screen shares from people using Skype for Windows or Mac OS X. Currently, you cannot share your iPad’s screen with other people, and you cannot receive a screen share from another person using an iPad.

Check to make sure the system requirements are met or check for other common video call problems. The quality of a video call can also depend on available network conditions. The faster your data connection, the better quality your video call will be.

*Depending on the data plan you use, mobile operator charges may apply.

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